Two Charged In Kansas With Training Dogs For Fighting

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Federal authorities in Kansas say they have broken up a multi-state dogfighting ring that included training pit bulls to fight in Kansas, Missouri and Texas.

Pete Davis Jr. and Melvin L. Robinson were charged in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in the U.S. District Court for Kansas. Court documents say each man faces one count of transporting animals for participation in an animal fighting venture in interstate commerce. The complaint and other online court records don't list lawyers for either man.

The complaint accuses the men of holding weekly dogfights in northwest Missouri, training the dogs at a Kansas City, Kan., residence, where the dogs were put on treadmills with live chickens used as bait.

The complaint also says at least one dog was taken to Texas last weekend for fighting.